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Childcare

Childcare
Quick Links: Day Nurseries


Childcare provided by us

  • Our activities and groups can be found in our Calendar click here to view
  • For information on our own Day Nurseries click on the Quick Link at the top of this page
  • For information on Childminders or help with paying for Childcare contact the Children's Information service: Telephone 08000 96 02 96
The different forms of childcare available

Childminders
  • Are self employed and provide care for between one and six children under 8 years old, in the childminder's own home
  • May care for additional children aged between 8 and 15 years old
  • May drop and pick up children from school or playgroup, and can provide flexible opening times for overnight and weekend care
  • Accredited childminders can offer Nursery Education Funded places
Day Nurseries

  • Are private providers offering care for children from 0-5 years
  • Children are cared for in age groups, and take part in a wide range of group activities
  • Have fixed opening times, and most are open all year round, excluding weekends
  • Accredited nurseries are eligible for Nursery Education Funding
Maintained Nursery Settings

  • Are based on school sites
  • Offer teacher supported learning though play, based around the Foundation Stage (Birth to 3) Curriculum, for 3 and 4 year olds prior to their entry to school
  • Open during term time only
Pre-Schools (Playgroups)

  • Provide sessional and wrap-around care, and learning through play for pre-school children
  • Offer an introduction to group play away from Parents or Carers
  • Some may offer Nursery Education Funded places
Approved Childcarers

  • Offers childcare in the child’s own home
  • Can be a particular benefit for parents who work unconventional hours, and for children with additional needs
  • Parents may benefit from tax credits
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